• Lifestyle,  This & That

    Earth Day Must-Haves 2020

    Happy Earth Day friend! I hope you are your family are well and finding ways to celebrate and enjoy our planet a little more today. I don’t know about you, but for me, it seems like Earth Day is this big wake up call to do better and be better for our environment. Which is what it should be! But sadly, it seems 90% of those promises we made when the world was talking about saving the planet are forgotten the next day. So for Earth Day 2020, I want to make moves to truly benefit the environment for the 364 days till the next celebration. For our family that…

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    The Bourbon Cactus 2019 Blog Update

    Most people view the new year as a new beginning and rightfully so.  January 1 marks the beginning of the calendar year: 365 new chances to make a change or reach a goal. That was my outlook, too.  Until it didn’t happen. Yes, 2019 came.  But it came in with a storm.  See, the last 2 months of 2018 I had been battling demons that I thought were gone, depression and anxiety.  I tried so hard to smile and muscle through November and December. But the fact is, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t embrace the joyous holidays. My moods were all over the place and I…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting,  This & That

    Toddler Sleep Study & Specialist Visits

    Doodlebug had another overnight sleep study to check on her progress after her cleft palate repair.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the evaluation got pushed out to over a year from her last sleep study.  So this was going to be our first toddler sleep study! I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last sleep study was performed right after she turned one year old.  Plus, I was anxious for this time around because there had been significant changes in her sleep and behavior since then.  And I just knew she was still having breathing issues while she slept. *Ugh!* For the full story on why we were having the…

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    Lifestyle,  This & That

    Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen

    I feel like as a nation, we’ve become pretty numb to the true meaning of  Memorial Day.  It’s not just a holiday that the kids get out of school for, or a holiday that gets us a long weekend away from work.  But, in fact, Memorial Day is a day designated to remember the fallen service men and women of our country. Yes, it is fun to plan barbeques and get-togethers where we gather with friends and family for three days.  But are we missing the true meaning of this national holiday?     When I was young, my entire family would plan a weekend of remembrance for Memorial Day. …

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  This & That

    Why local, raw honey?

    “Sugar pie, honey bunch You know that I love you I can’t help myself I love you and nobody else” -The Fourtops Okay, so I wouldn’t say that I only love honey.  But it’s dang tasty, y’all!  And if you’ve been on The Bourbon Cactus blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a BIG proponent of local, raw honey. But why local, raw honey you ask? Well….here’s the skinny on Why you should only be consuming local, raw honey.     Don’t hassle me, I’m local First off, let’s define what local honey actually means. Honey is considered local when it is harvested within 50 miles of where…

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